Turkey connects to EU electric grid

Sept. 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Turkey will be connected to European electricity networks via U.S. firm General Electric's "smart grid technology."

According to GE, the system will be running this month. GE's "smart grid technology" will enable Turkey's electrical distribution system to draw upon EU electrical networks from across Europe, ensuring Turkey's growing access to European energy, a critical component in extending the country's economic opportunities, Today's Zaman reported Friday.

Utilizing GE's "smart grid technology," the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company will be able to exchange energy with the European electricity market.

Turkey is dependent on energy imports for nearly 90 percent of its energy needs and is massively investing in developing its indigenous energy resources. These include prospecting for hydrocarbons in the Aegean and Black Seas, intensive development of wind power and the construction of the country's first two nuclear power stations, to be built at Akkuyu near the Mediterranean coast and a second at Sinop on the country's northern Black Sea coast.

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